BRAIN Initiative

On April 2, 2013, President Obama announced the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The Initiative aims to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain by bringing together the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as key private sector partners, like the Allen Institute for Brain Research. We are hopeful that this cross-cutting and targeted effort can answer questions and create tools that will be directly applicable to people living with Parkinson’s and the millions living with neurological diseases.

Grant Opportunities
NIH released six funding opportunity announcements in support of the President’s BRAIN Initiative. NIH plans to invest $40 million in Fiscal Year 2014 through these opportunities, contingent upon the submission of a sufficient number of scientifically meritorious applications. Learn more.

FY 2014 Funding
The BRAIN Initiative received $110 million for FY 2014 to jumpstart this exciting new effort, with $40 million of the total directed from NIH.

FY 2015 Funding
President Obama has requested $200 million for the BRAIN Initiative as part of his budget proposal to Congress for FY 2015.

PAN is supportive of this effort, and will be working with Congress as well as the federal agencies to ensure the voice of the Parkinson’s community is heard as the initiative continues to develop. 

To learn more about the BRAIN Initiative: